By his own high standard, Mo Salah should probably have made a little bit of history at the Amex on Wednesday.

That he failed helped ensure Albion did not suffer what would have been excessive punishment.

And it will have helped them keep morale pretty high as they prepare to take on Manchester City tomorrow.

Liverpool’s Egyptian striker should have become the first away player to score a hat-trick at the Amex.

For all Albion’s stylish work going forward, he had the chances, most notably a header he sent over very late on.

The hosts were mentally and physically exhausted by then, having given it their all and come frustratingly close to drawing level at 2-2.

As it was, he finished with the 18th brace by a visiting player since the stadium opened almost nine years ago.

He became the second player, after Chris Wood, to score twice for an away team at the Amex on two occasions.

It was the second brace by a visitor in nine days and added to a list which was kicked off by Kevin Phillips of Blackpool in only the third game at the venue in 2011.

The list varies from world stars like Salah and Eden Hazard to a current Albion player in Glenn Murray to Danny Crow, who most recently played for AFC Sudbury in the Isthmian League.

Liverpool on Wednesday, Manchester City on Saturday.

Once the Anfield men had taken three points back north, for Albion it was all about resting legs, keeping heads up and focussing on the many positives we saw once they had recovered from the shock of going 2-0 down in eight minutes. That process would have felt tougher had they conceded more goals in those final stages.

Head coach Graham Potter said: “I’m pleased for the boys that it stayed at 3-1, that it did not get more than that because they didn’t deserve that.

“I don’t think we deserved to win the game because you can’t concede three goals and say that.

“We put such a lot into the game and the third goal probably killed it a bit. But the guys will recover and we will go again.”

There is no let-up. By lunchtime yesterday, Potter was talking to the media about the forthcoming Manchester City game.

He sat down in front of the Zoom camera about 16 hours after Liverpool were running up their early 2-0 lead.

Hence our own question late on Wednesday night as to how quickly the squad would recover mentally and physically from their Liverpool test to face City.

And hence the difference it made to Potter that Liverpool did not rub salt in late by adding a goal or two.

That Salah, for example, did not bury that header.

Albion have played their football to good effect against some top teams.

The second halves at home to Manchester United and at Anfield, for example.

Or much of Wednesday. Parts of the 4-0 defeat at the Etihad, strange as it may seem if you only saw the scoreline.

At other times, they have never got going - such as at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge.

Certainly in the last two home games, Albion have missed chances to secure reward they deserved.

It will be introducing to see how they come back on Saturday evening.

The key will be to erase the errors and do much of what they did well against Liverpool.

Potter said: “I liked a lot of the game, I liked a lot of the team.

“How we played, how we went about the job on the pitch. Our quality, our personality.

“I thought we created chances against a team it is not so easy to create chances against.

“I thought we won the ball back well in moments. I thought it was a good game of football.

“You can choose however you want to play against these teams and sometimes you have to understand how you might die.

“We have to expect that but I think, at the same time, we have to learn about ourselves, how we might play and what we need to do to improve.

“That is why we are positive but, at the same time, you don’t want to lose games but you have to take it on the chin sometimes and move forward.”

The fact Albion are now in more esteemed company is underlined by that list of two-goal visitors to the Amex.

Since winning promotion, they have conceded braces at the Amex to Salah twice, Hazard (Chelsea), Wood (Burnley), Diogo Jota (Wolves) and Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United).

Scott Hogan scored twice for Brentford in Albion’s promotion season and no visitors managed it in the previous campaign.

Going further back you find Phillips followed by Ross McCormack (Leeds), Wood (Millwall), Matej Vydra (Watford), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal in the FA Cup), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Chris Martin (Derby), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest), Igor Vetekele (Charlton) and, of course, Murray for Reading.

Danny Crow? He achieved the feat for Newport County when they won in a League Cup first round tie back in 2013.

With respect to the now veteran striker from Great Yarmouth, far more prestigious opposition will be in Falmer tomorrow. But Albion will still be in good heart.