Naby Keita during the African Cup of Nations match between Zimbabwe and Guinea in Cameroon, January 2022.

Watch: Liverpool’s Naby Keita scores AFCON banger for Guinea

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita scored a brilliant long-range strike as Guinea secured their passage to the knockout stages of the African Cup of Nations despite losing 2-1 to Zimbabwe.

After two games, it looked as though Guinea would qualify with ease but in their third and final group game, they lost to Zimbabwe whilst Senegal drew 0-0 with Malawi.

But Keta’s fabulous second-half goal ensured his country finished second in Group B, above Malawi due to their head-to-head record, and they will face the runner’s up of Group F in the next round.

The 26-year-old picked the ball up on the right wing, cut inside and unleashed a thunderbolt with his left foot into the top corner – a sight Liverpool fans have seen all too briefly during his time at Anfield.

Unfortunately, Keita picked up a yellow card during the game and will miss Guinea’s next match.

This means Liverpool’s midfield options will remain limited in Keita’s absence, as he’ll definitely miss Saturday’s match with Crystal Palace.

The result leaves Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and youngster Tyler Morton as the only available options.

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