Liverpool continued their astonishing goalscoring form away from home after hitting five at Brighton to move into the top four for the first time since August.
Emre Can powered a header beyond Mat Ryan from Philippe Coutinho’s corner after half an hour and the Reds doubled their lead 79 seconds later following a sumptuous move.
Mohamed Salah drove at the Brighton defence and picked out Coutinho, who slid a left-footed cross to the back post for Roberto Firmino to finish efficiently.
Firmino made it 3-0 after Salah’s brilliant assist before Glenn Murray, who had missed two great chances, beat Simon Mignolet with a penalty following Jordan Henderson’s foul on Shane Duffy.
Brighton had chances to make it more nervy for Liverpool with a second goal, but Coutinho eased any concerns about a repeat of Sevilla’s comeback from 3-0 down in the Champions League by scoring with a cute low free-kick then enticing Brighton defender Lewis Dunk to head into his own net.
Liverpool have scored 15 goals in their past five away games