The Egypt international was team-mates with the Belgian midfielder for six months or so at Chelsea in 2014 before the pair embarked on different paths in European football.
De Bruyne completed a switch to Wolfsburg and scored 16 times in 51 games to earn a move to Manchester City in a £52m deal in the 2016 summer transfer window.
The Belgian playmaker has become a key player under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and is generally regarded as one of the Premier League’s best players.
Salah spent loan spells at Fiorentina and AS Roma before he completed a permanent switch to the Italian capital in 2016 after Chelsea finally sold the winger.
The 25-year-old netted 29 Serie A goals in two seasons at AS Roma before Liverpool FC signed the attacker in a £39m deal.
Salah has scored 12 times in 14 games in the Premier League this term to lead the division’s goal-scoring charts.
Former Liverpool FC captain Thompson heaped praise on Salah for his impressive return to the Premier League.
“That was one of the big things for Kevin De Bruyne when he went to Wolfsburg,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
“He scored quite a few goals there but his assists were quite incredible and by far the best in Germany. That made me think, ‘he’s got something in his locker’.
“That’s what I was looking for with Mo Salah before he came to Liverpool. I thought, ‘if he can reproduce that he’s got to have something in him to unlock defences’, which is what Liverpool need against packed defences and he has been an absolute star.”
Ironically, De Bruyne and Salah have both scored against Chelsea in the Premier League this season.
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