Liverpool made it consecutive home Premier League defeats with a 1-0 defeat to Brighton.
Steven Alzate’s second-half strike gave the visitors all three points as the toothless Reds managed only one shot on target as their Anfield goal drought continued.
The Reds’ — whose injury woes continued with the loss of both Sadio Mane and Alisson Becker from the win over West Ham — started the game brightly and weaved together some nice passing moves.
Jordan Henderson clipped a gorgeous cross-field pass into the right-hand channel and perfectly into the path of Salah. The Egyptian deftly controlled the skipper’s pass but shanked his attempted effort over the bar.
That was as good as it got in the opening period for the hosts in an attacking sense with their possession sterile and Salah the only threat in behind the Seagulls’ defence.
Brighton had the best opening of the half when Neal Maupay was sent in behind and his turn and cross found Dan Burn at the back post. The giant defender, though, miscued his shot and fired over. The teams went into the interval level, but the away team would have been more pleased.
Liverpool will be loathed to know that it was the first half in a game all season where the Reds didn’t have a shot on target.
The second half started in much the same fashion; the Reds dominating possession but failing to convert it into chances.
With every misplaced Liverpool pass and spell of unthreatening possession, Brighton grew in confidence and they started to launch attacks of their own with the totemic Yves Bissouma commanding the midfield.
The away team had the goal their efforts merited when Alzate touched home a wondrous passing move started in the heart of the Seagulls’ defence. Weaving through the midfield, the ball was worked to Solly March on the right-hand side and the wing back’s cross found Burn at the back post. The giant wing-back headed the ball back towards the centre of the goal where Alzate’s half volley ricocheted off Nat Phillips before hitting him again and flying past Caoimhin Kelleher.
Liverpool huffed and puffed in pursuit of an equaliser and sent on Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain respectively. The duo — who were later joined off the bench by Curtis Jones — failed to make any impact and the Reds finished the game with an s0litary shot on target.
Brighton, meanwhile, had chances to double their lead late on when Leonardo Trossard and Pascal Gross both forced saves from Kelleher in the Reds net. One goal was enough, though, and the away team held on for a deserved and famous win.
Next up for Liverpool, a game against Manchester City at home which would have had bigger title repercussions if the Reds didn’t lose an eminently winnable game such as this.
Liverpool team: Kelleher; Alexander Arnold, Phillips, Henderson, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Thiago, Milner; Shaqiri, Firmino, Salah.
Replacements: Oxlade Chamberlain for Wijnaldum, Origi for Shaqiri, Jones for Firmino.
Subs not used: Adrian, Davies, Tsimikas, Williams, Williams, Cain.