Liverpool continued their relentless pursuit of a Premier League points record with victory over Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
The newly-crowned champions looked on course to secure three more points with ease when they went two up inside eight minutes as Brighton, with sights set on Premier League safety, made a nightmare start.
Naby Keita robbed Davy Propper in a dangerous position to set up Mohamed Salah before Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson swiftly swept home a superb second from 20 yards.
Brighton, however, fought back with real spirit and fully deserved to pull a goal back when Leandro Trossard fired a crisp finish past Liverpool keeper Alisson from the impressive Tariq Lamptey’s cross.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stopped Brighton’s progress with some astute substitutions and a corner from one, Andrew Robertson, was headed in by Salah for his 19th league goal of the season.
Brighton manager Graham Potter, whose side are edging towards preserving their top-flight status, were left to rue those opening minutes while Liverpool – with 92 – close in on Manchester City’s 100-point Premier League landmark.
Brighton XI: Webster, Stephens, Gross, Propper, Burn, Dunk, Ryan, Trossard, Maupay, Mac Allister, T. Lamptey
Subs: Button, Murray, Duffy, Mooy, Montoya, Jahanbakhsh, Bernardo, Bissouma, Connolly
Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alisson, Firmino, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Alexander-Arnold, Neco Williams
Subs: Milner, Adrian, Minamino, Mane, Origi, Fabinho, Robertson, Curtis Jones, Elliott