"We tried to score more goals but it did not happen", said Guardiola, whose side failed to capitalise on almost 80 percent of possession. Jurgen Klopp will be without the Brazil global for the crunch clash.
Indeed, the Reds have dropped only 13 points in the last 32 top-flight games, even though they have not kept a clean sheet since 28 September.
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 30, 2019 Brighton & Hove Albion's Aaron Connolly shoots at goal Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff EDITORIAL USE ONLY. We spoke about it before the season, we are the favourites for position 20. It was not an easy game, especially at the end.
1993 - Manchester United, 14 points.
Until the goal Chelsea, though looking a little off the pace after their breathless 2-2 draw with Valencia in the Champions League, had looked the more likely to score.
Brighton began to dominate the ball and had well over 70 percent of possession in the closing stages as they continued to pressure the Reds defence. They are trying to get used to each other and the referee lets it go like this. "They have not been themselves".
But it was that combination of Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk again to put Liverpool 2-0 up; the full-back's wicked corner met Van Dijk, who had risen above Dunk and powered a header beyond Ryan at the near post.
Liverpool were without key midfielder Fabinho against Brighton, and the Brazilian is unlikely to play again until next year because of ankle ligament damage.
Germany winger Leroy Sane and French defender Aymeric Laporte are expected to be out until around January and February, while Sergio Aguero is another big miss with a thigh injury. They put so many players there so it's hard to defend.
Was this the day Liverpool seized control of the title race?
Alisson had a spell on the sidelines earlier this season after injuring his calf in the opening game against Norwich, but can now see the positives of his time in the treatment room.
Also, Crystal Palace won at Burnley 2-0 to climb into the top half. City have failed to hang on to leads in three of their last five league and cup games.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Andrew Robertson celebrate after the Premier League win over Brighton.
He said: "There are a lot of teams at the top who are looking exhausted".
"They did not want to see four minutes on the board".
Brighton had been made to wait for their first home win of the season, against Tottenham on October 5, but have now followed it up with further victories over Everton and Norwich.
Speaking about Liverpool's 11-point advantage, Klopp added: "It's how it is".
The Reds have yet to lose a league game this season and are eight points at the top of the table when they start a busy six-week game.
"Although my feeling is we were not too far away from having a good result because our approach was for 65 minutes pretty solid and pretty compact". We only have to make sure we are ready always - and always for the next game.
"I said yesterday at the press conference that it's not a good idea to think about the Premier League or think, how many points?"