Salah ‘wants Barcelona transfer’ as Koeman makes Liverpool star top target

Mohamed Salah is keen on moving to Barcelona after Ronald Koeman made the Liverpool man a main target this summer.

The Egypt international has been pivotal to Jurgen Klopp's success at Anfield.

With the former Roma star firing in front of goal, the Reds have landed their first-ever Premier League title, as well as the Champions League.

In 154 appearances, Salah has scored 97 – including a hat-trick on Saturday as Liverpool downed newly-promoted Leeds United.

But Klopp now faces a battle to keep hold of his free-scoring forward, with Barcelona interested in his services.

Koeman has taken over at the Nou Camp and has plans on bringing back the glory years.

However, he is aware a squad overhaul is necessary and Salah is top of his wish list.

That is according to close pal and football agent Sjaak Swart, who also represents new Manchester United star Donny van de Beek.

He also stated that Salah wants to leave Anfield, telling website voetbalzone.nl: “I know Koeman wants him – and I know Salah would like to go.”

When pressed to reveal the source of his information, Swart added: “I can't.

“I am not going into any more details, but just believe me that I know.”

It will come as a huge blow to Liverpool's hopes of retaining the title this season and without Salah, they would not have won their humdinger of a match against Leeds on Saturday.

The former Chelsea strar scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 win, and Klopp told Sky Sports: "I congratulated everyone of their team, what a team they are.

"Unbelievable. I will watch them quite often during the season.

"What a game, what an opponent, what a performance from both teams. A proper spectacle, I loved that.

"It is pretty rare you see that many goals in a game, we have left space for improvement in our defending but that is not unusual for a first game.

"Our players have played a few days ago for their countries so it is possible.

"The opponent forced us to make mistakes, we can do better, we will do better but I loved a lot about the game against a well-organised, passionate side like Leeds.

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"We used our skills to cause them problems, we could have scored more and in the end we used set-pieces which is fine by me.

"It is not like riding a bike, you can lose something in pre-season and it takes time to all come together again.

"I am really positive about this game. Leeds will have a good season if they can keep up that intensity and they did it in the Championship with more games so why not?"

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