The false dawn of back-to-back wins was a distant memory as Jurgen Klopp’s side strived to find a spark against their resolute visitors.
Half-chances were about as good as things got for the reigning Premier League champions as the tiredness and lack of intensity which have been emblematic of recent home performances reared once more.
Liverpool will need to improve dramatically if they are going to stand any chance against recent title rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
Here’s how we rated the Reds from a forgettable night at Anfield…
Caoimhín Kelleher - 7
Pick of the Liverpool players on show and kept the champions in the match.
No chance with the goal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold - 6
Strived to find his usual influence in the final third but aerial crosses were food and drink for the Brighton defence.
Nat Phillips - 6
Unfortunate to see his clearance find the onrushing Brighton attackers for the goal.
Solid enough otherwise.
Jordan Henderson - 6
Didn’t do anything wrong in a defensive sense but missed hugely in the midfield still.
Andy Robertson - 6
The relentless schedule could be getting the better of him as his impact wanes.
Needs a rest but its unlikely to come against Manchester City.
Gini Wijnaldum - 5
Part of a one-paced midfield and substituted in the second half.
James Milner - 6
With recent demands, this might’ve proved a step too far.
Tried as hard as ever but nothing came of his endeavours.
Thiago - 6
Broke the lines on occasions but suffering from a collective dip in form.
Mohamed Salah - 6
Missed the big opportunity Liverpool managed to conjure up.
Could have changed the pattern of the match.
Xherdan Shaqiri - 6
Struggled on the wing in the first half.
More impact in the second but couldn’t generate a clear chance.
Roberto Firmino - 5
Pivotal touch, pass and finish let him down time and time again.
Positionally and in terms of creating the space no problem.
Divock Origi (Sub) - 4
Rarely involved but made a mess of a crucial pass late on.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Sub) - 5
Came on for his direct running and tried his luck from range.
Might deserve a start soon.
Curtis Jones (Sub) - N/A
Deserved more time to shine in what was a mundane performance.