• Crystal Palace host an in-form Liverpool side at Selhurst Park on March 31
  • The Eagles are in desperate need of points as they look to avoid relegation 
  • Roy Hodgson’s side have already beaten Chelsea and drawn to Man City at home
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek also highlighted winger Wilfried Zaha as a ‘massive’ player  

Nathan Salt For Mailonline

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has warned Liverpool they face a difficult match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on March 31 as the Eagles look to upset another top-six side at home.

Roy Hodgson’s side are hovering precariously above the relegation zone, two points clear of Southampton, and face a difficult run-in to conclude the campaign.

Welcoming an in-form Liverpool side following the conclusion of the international break, Palace midfielder Loftus-Cheek insists the Eagles can take heart from their home win over Chelsea earlier this season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was speaking at The Christian Benteke Bespoke Collection Launch

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was speaking at The Christian Benteke Bespoke Collection Launch

The Englishman warned Liverpool face a tough match in London after the international break

The Englishman warned Liverpool face a tough match in London after the international break

The Englishman warned Liverpool face a tough match in London after the international break

‘Liverpool are in form at the moment,’ Loftus-Cheek told Sky Sports as he was speaking at The Christian Benteke Bespoke Collection Launch for Apsley Bespoke Tailors.  

‘But at Palace, at Selhurst, we’ve beaten Chelsea and we took City to a good draw.

‘We perform well against big teams and I think after that win if we can take that into the Liverpool game that would be good.’

The Reds famously saw their title aspirations evaporate at Selhurst Park in 2014 when, having been 3-0 up, goals from Damien Delaney and a brace from Dwight Gayle ensured the game ended 3-3.

Liverpool famously saw their 2014 title challenge evaporate in a thrilling 3-3 at Selhurst Park

Liverpool famously saw their 2014 title challenge evaporate in a thrilling 3-3 at Selhurst Park

Liverpool famously saw their 2014 title challenge evaporate in a thrilling 3-3 at Selhurst Park

But a more immediate record shows Liverpool have won both of their last two league visits to Palace and will be confident of extending that run such is the form of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Loftus-Cheek also touched on the importance of team-mate Wilfried Zaha – Palace have lost every league game when he has not featured.

The flying winger, a £40million summer target for Tottenham, is eyeing a strong end to the campaign in a bid to steer the Londoners clear of the drop. 

Loftus-Cheek highlighted the impact Wilfried Zaha has on the Palace team with his abilities

Loftus-Cheek highlighted the impact Wilfried Zaha has on the Palace team with his abilities

Loftus-Cheek highlighted the impact Wilfried Zaha has on the Palace team with his abilities

‘Wilf’s a big, massive, improvement to the side,’ Loftus-Cheek added.

‘His one-on-one abilities, he can get past players very easily.

‘I think he is a massive outlet. If we are under pressure we can give it to Wilfried to take us up the pitch.’ 

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