The Egypt international narrowly missed out on the Premier League’s Golden Boot this season but still finished as Liverpool’s top scorer this season with 31 goals in all competitions.
But James, who made 277 appearances for Liverpool during his playing career, believes now represents the perfect time to offload Salah in order to allow Klopp to replenish his squad.
‘The idea of them spending mega millions is very unlikely, I think they’re going to have to shift players out,’ James told Stadium Astro.
‘In my eyes, he might be second in the Golden Boot running, but I think Liverpool play better without Salah.
‘And the opportunity for Liverpool to cash in on Salah, Jota naturally fits into that front three, Firmino gets more freedom arguably, and Liverpool have a new dynamic up front rather than what seems to be a reliance on Salah’s goals.’
Asked if he would cash in on Salah, James replied: ‘Yeah, I’d do it now.
‘This is not about Mo Salah not being a good player – his goal record speaks for itself.
‘Similar statistics to someone like Aguero where Pep Guardiola can look at Man City and not need Aguero. I think Jurgen Klopp and the way he has developed this side, Salah has become more of a focal point than that front three from seasons before.
‘I think Liverpool’s fluidity is compromised by Salah, even though he scored. Tottenham’s another one, top goalscorers tend to not win leagues.
‘I think they could cash in on him [Salah] and produce a stronger team.’