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What Iker Casillas said about Liverpool fans after Anfield appearance

The Porto goalkeeper got a huge round of applause when he came out for the second half in Tuesday's goalless draw


Iker Casillas has thanked Liverpool fans for paying tribute to him during Tuesday night's goalless Champions League clash at Anfield .

The Porto goalkeeper was making his final Champions League appearance in the last-16 tie, which was all but over after the first leg following the Reds' 5-0 win in Portugal.

The Real Madrid and Spain legend didn't play in that game, but he took over from the hapless Jose Sa for the return leg at Anfield, which ended in a drab goalless draw.

Casillas applauds the Kop as he comes out for the second half (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

The veteran goalkeeper made a fine late save from Danny Ings (Image: REUTERS)

Casillas seemed a little overcome by his reception (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Iker Casillas honours

World Cup: 2010

European Championship: 2008,2012

Champions League: 1999/2000, 2001/02, 2013/14

La Liga: 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2011/12

Copa del Rey: 2010/11, 2013/14

The World Cup and European Championship winner made a fine late save from substitute Danny Ings , but it was what happened before the second half started which would have been his undoubted highlight of the evening.

Liverpool fans have a long held tradition of applauding the visiting goalkeeper into the Kop end net, but this time it was louder and more prolonged than usual for a player who will retire at the end of the season.

And after the game, the 36-year-old was full of praise for the Reds supporters.

Alberto Moreno and James Milner chat to Casillas at full-time (Image: AFP)

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"This is a field that respects the players and I am grateful that the fans applaud the players, when I came here with Real it was the same," he said.

Casillas also uploaded a image of him arm in arm with Jurgen Klopp after the full-time whistle, with the caption "Respect. Never walk alone".

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