Mohamed Salah ‘wants to join Barcelona’ claims Ronald Koeman’s close friend

Mohamed Salah is keen to join Barcelona, according to Ronald Koeman's close pal Sjaak Swart.

Recently-appointed Nou Camp manager Koeman is keen to bolster his squad as the Spanish giants continue to rebuild following their Champions League humiliation last season.

And according to Dutch reports, Liverpool superstar Salah has been identified as his top attacking target.

Swart, who is Ajax's record appearance holder, also claimed that the Egypt star is keen on a move to the La Liga heavyweights when he leaves Liverpool.

He told Dutch publication Voetbalzone.nl: "I know Koeman wants him – and I know Salah would like to go."

When quizzed on where that information came from, Swart refused to share his source.

He added: "I can’t. I am not going into any more details, but just believe me that I know.”

Meanwhile, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on his star man.

The Egypt international's hat-trick in the 4-3 win over Leeds took his tally to 76 in 109 matches since moving to Anfield.

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He has scored 50 goals in 63 home games, second only to Alan Shearer (47 appearances) and Liverpool have now won each of the last 35 league fixtures in which he has found the net – overtaking Wayne Rooney's competition record set between September 2008 and February 2011.

Since his blistering maiden campaign, when he scored 32 times in 36 appearances, the 28-year-old's yearly total has been falling but what makes him so important to Klopp's side is his all-round game.

"First and foremost, congratulations to him. He is a very special player," said the Liverpool manager of Salah.

"The numbers tell the story a little bit. All the rest around you probably don't know about.

"But this is a very good example of it. He put three more goals on his scoring list, but the performance all-round was absolutely exceptional in a game like this.

"He deserved the goals 100 per cent. Two were penalties, one was a sensational finish, but he deserved them as he was constantly pressing, pressing, constantly causing the opponent massive problems, one-v-one situations, played his football.

"There have been a lot of good performances for us from Mo for sure, but this was one of the better ones.

"He should be proud of it because it's very special to get these kind of numbers. Long may it continue."

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