Liverpool’s hopes of retaining the Premier League title suffered a massive blow following a shock 1-0 loss to Brighton.

Liverpool back-to-back defeats at Anfield after a 68-game unbeaten run at home and leaves them seven points behind leaders Manchester City, who also have a game in hand.

Steven Alzate’s second-half goal secured a first league win for Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield since 1982 that dealt a blow to Liverpool’s title defence.

“We played against really good opposition. For us it looked like this week was too tough,” he told BT Sport.

“I have no explanation at the moment other than we had a tough week and a tough opponent.

“We didn’t create enough. We had good a phase in the second half and [Brighton] felt it, but they came through and we didn’t, that’s a fact.”

The Reds could have played all night without finding the net here. If they were good at Tottenham and West Ham – and they were very good at times – they were utterly abject against Brighton. The Seagulls did not even have to ride their luck. They deserved their victory.

Liverpool have a mountain to climb with Sunday’s crunch clash with Manchester City at Anfield, which is surely now a must-win encounter.

Liverpool fall to fourth place with 40 points and are seven points adrift of leaders Manchester City having played a game more. Brighton rise to 15th spot and are now 10 points clear of the drop zone.

Liverpool 0-1 Brighton: Alzate stun Premier League champions

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