Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s 2,000th Premier League goal as they stuttered to a 2-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion that closed the gap on leaders Manchester City to three points.
Luiz Diaz put Liverpool in front on 19 minutes, bravely heading in a superb pass from Joel Matip before colliding with goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
Liverpool struggled to capitalise until Salah doubled their lead from the penalty spot on 61 minutes as the Egyptian punished a handball by Yves Bissouma.
It was Salah’s 20th Premier League goal of the season and made Liverpool the second team to reach 2,000 in the competition after Manchester United.
Salah then went off with an apparent injury but, although Alisson denied Brighton substitutes Danny Welbeck and Solly March late on, Liverpool had done enough to secure an eighth successive league victory, moving them on to 66 points.
A fifth league defeat in a row leaves Brighton 13th on 33 points.