Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has told Jurgen Klopp to consider a move for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman if Mohamed Salah leaves the club in the summer. The Egyptian forward has been at the centre of transfer speculation linking him to Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent weeks following an interview in which he refused to commit his long-term future to the Reds.
Speaking to AS earlier this month, Salah revealed that he sees the Spanish pair as ‘top clubs’ and suggested that a move could be on the cards before the end of his career.
“I think Madrid and Barcelona are top clubs,” the 28-year-old said. “We never know what is going to happen in the future, but right now I’m focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League again with my club.”
When pressed to give a more conclusive answer, he confessed: “That’s a tough one, but right now I can say that everything is in the club’s hands. Of course I want to break records here and, I repeat, every record in the club, but everything’s in the hands of the club.”
Hamann, who helped Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005, has identified Coman as a potential replacement for Salah with the 47-year-old even claiming that the Bayern star is the finest wide player in the business.
“For me, the best winger out there at the moment is Kingsley Coman,” Hamann told Stadium Astro. “He had injury problems when he came to Munich but he got fit and scored the winner in the Champions League final [last season].
“He’s two-footed, he’s quick, he’s very clever, great decision making and his finishing has improved a lot. Coman is the player. Bayern Munich aren’t interested in losing him, he’s happy.
“If Salah were to move, if he wants to go, which might be quite likely, that will have a knock-on effect. Liverpool will have to buy somebody.
“Whoever they sign, that team will need to buy a replacement. Things happen quickly.”
Salah has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best players since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017.
He has registered 155 goals and assists in just 175 appearances for the Reds, helping the club to their most recent Champions League win in 2019 and the Premier League title last season.
The Egyptian star has carried his prolific form into this campaign having already scored 13 times.
Liverpool boss Klopp played down the speculation regarding Salah’s future after his side’s 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park before Christmas.
“There’s nothing to say from my side about that,” he told reporters. “All fine from my side.”