Brighton moved 10 points clear of the Premier League relegation zone by stunning Liverpool, whose recent struggles at Anfield continued.
Steven Alzate got a fortuitous but deserved winner for the Seagulls, who are now unbeaten in four league matches.
The Reds, who are seven points behind leaders Manchester City having played a game more, have not won at home since 16 December and have failed to score in three consecutive games at Anfield for the first time since October 1984.
After going 68 games without a league defeat at their home ground, Jurgen Klopp’s side have now also lost back-to-back games there.
Dan Burn should have put the visitors ahead in the first half, only to slice over the crossbar, but it was the defender’s header across goal that set up the winner.
Nathaniel Phillips could only get a toe to it and the ball deflected off Alzate and beyond stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.
It lifts Brighton to 15th in the table, while Liverpool slip to fourth after Leicester City’s win at Fulham.
Seagulls rise to Anfield challenge
Brighton boss Graham Potter said going to Anfield was “as tough a test as you will get in football”, but it was one the Seagulls rose to superbly.
This was not a smash-and-grab in the style of Burnley’s victory last month, but a controlled and disciplined performance from a side who have now kept four successive clean sheets.
They have also recorded back-to-back wins against so-called ‘big six’ sides – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – after seeing Spurs on Sunday.
Burn turned Neal Maupay’s deflected effort over the crossbar in the first half but showed more composure to nod across goal for Alzate’s first Premier League goal.
Liverpool added more urgency to their game in a bid to find a leveller, but in a game of few chances it was still the visitors who created the better of them.
Kelleher, in for Alisson who was suffering from illness, had to make a smart low save to palm Leandro Trossard’s effort away and stop Brighton doubling their lead.
At the other end, Potter’s side reduced the champions to just one shot on target as the Seagulls recorded their first league win at Anfield since 1982.
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Match ends, Liverpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Steven Alzate.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Adam Webster.
Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Lallana.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andi Zeqiri replaces Leandro Trossard.
Attempt saved. Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Alzate with a cross.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Aaron Connolly replaces Neal Maupay.
Attempt blocked. Curtis Jones (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neal Maupay.
Substitution, Liverpool. Curtis Jones replaces Roberto Firmino.
Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. James Milner (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Neal Maupay tries a through ball, but Dan Burn is caught offside.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.
Attempt saved. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nathaniel Phillips.