Mohamed Salah continued his productive Anfield-goals, as Liverpool defeated Brighton 1-0 and ended in the Premier League on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp & # 39; s side also maintained their impressive defensive campaign start by including a third consecutive clean sheet to open the new season, thanks to £ 65 million goalkeeper Alisson Becker's late save by Pascal Gross.
And on the other side of the field, Salah showed that last season he was no wonder of one season after a stunning campaign of 44 goals by producing a lush finish in the middle of the first half that proved the difference between the sides.
It was far from a vintage display of an attack that has become one of the most feared in Europe in the last 12 months since the Egyptian was united with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
But Salah gave Liverpool two points for champions Manchester City by putting his score on 29 goals in 29 home league and cup games since joining Roma.
The latter came at the end of an excellently worked plow movement of the men from Klopp.
It started with James Milner who robbed the property of Yves Bissouma and moved it to Sadio Mane, who in turn fed Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian slipped a well timed pass outside of him to Salah, who had the necessary garden of space to glide a perfect finish along the diving Mat Ryan of 15 meters.
The goal covered a predictably dominant start on the Klopp side, with the aim of going to the top of the division for the first time since November 2016.
Ryan had saved an obvious header from Firmino and the free kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold saw his crossbar ahead of the opener.
Hereafter, there were also chances for Georginio Wijnaldum, whose bet on the turn was well saved by Ryan, who also jumped from the top of Mane.
But Brighton, fresh from their morally reinforcing victory over Manchester United last weekend, presented the hosts early in the second half when Glenn Murray pushed his way into the area and Anthony Knockaert set up a shot that he wide out of a promising position.
There was even more concern about home supporters at 65 minutes, when Bissouma, who made his first start for Albion since his £ 15 million summer relocation from Lille, released a 20-yard free kick that deflected behind the Liverpool Wall.
Liverpool got to deal with some anxious moments in their own goalmouth during the final minutes of the game, not least in the 88th minute when Alisson brilliantly saved from an eight-yard header by Gross.
But the hosts held on to the kind of victory that might be the key in May, in their attempt to wait for 29 years to become England's champion.