A huge result at both ends of the table! Brighton claims a well-deserved win at Anfield, which is a fortress no more.
After 68 home league games without defeat, Liverpool has lost to Burnley and Brighton in consecutive matches on Merseyside. Alzate’s tacky goal settled it, but Brighton stood the greater threat throughout.
Brighton became the second visiting team to wreck Fortress Anfield in the space of two weeks, is likely to be the date we look back on and realise that it was the evening Liverpool lost their hold on the title and Manchester City took absolute control.
Brighton plotted a plan, stuck to it and hit the jackpot when Steven Alzate fired midway through the second half but the goal will have been applauded as loudly in East Manchester as it was on the South Coast.
Perhaps this is one blow too many for the champions to recover from.
The way this campaign has turned out, Klopp can only start thinking about football once he has consulted with his medical team and, sure enough, another complication occurred for the fixture that everyone within the squad knew would be fused with challenges.
Alisson, whose form has been superb in recent weeks, had been taken ill overnight and could not be involved.
You do wonder how they manage to maintain their focus when such issues keep arising, as it would be easy for them to become disappointed.
It says everything for their mind that they have managed to ride through a difficult period of results, without so many key men, to continue in the tale for this title fight.
However, was a night when another big question was going to be asked of them.
Klopp has huge respect for the way Brighton play and he warned unequivocally in Tuesday’s press conference that only performance of the highest standard would maintain three points.