Jurgen Klopps side were incomprehensively bad at the Amex on Saturday afternoon, with a top-four finish unthinkable at this point.
Solly March fired home a quickfire double early in the second half and Danny Welbeck also scored, with Liverpool rarely looking like producing a response.
Heres how the watching media dissected this latest dismal showing.
Jim White of the Telegraph believes the Reds are a shadow of the team they once were:
For Liverpool it is not all bad news. If it was their chase after four trophies last season that has exhausted them this time round, at least they wont have that problem next season.
This defeat leaves them not just 10 points behind Manchester United in the league, but now, as they sink into mid table, two behind Brighton. And frankly, after this, noone should be surprised.
This Liverpool side is a husk of the one that so recently was in contention for all four trophies, one outwitted, out run and out manoeuvred by an excellent Brighton side.
The grin the home manager Roberto De Zerbi wore as he trotted down the touchline when the third goal was scored was wholly indicative.
Even without the sulking Leandro Trossard who had scored a hat trick in the reverse fixture at Anfield, this was a stroll.
Jamie Carragher took to Twitter to lambast some appalling Liverpool defending:
Liverpool are as bad defensively as anyone in the Premier League right now. Fortunately they have the best keeper which means they arent further down the table. #BHALIV
Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 14, 2023