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Naby Keita gets sent off again after lashing out at opponent during Guinea match

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Naby Keita's wonderful 2016-17 campaign at surprise package RB Leipzig earned him a massive transfer to Premier League club Liverpool.

In August, it was announced that he will move to Anfield in July 2018 after the Merseysiders triggered his £48 million release clause in addition to paying an undisclosed premium.

Keita captained his country on Saturday evening as they hosted Group A leaders Tunisia in a World Cup qualifier, and things began extremely well for him.

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The 22-year-old started and finished off a fine team move, which you can see below, to put Guinea ahead in the 37th-minute, and their star man was at the heart of the action.

However, Tunisia equalised in first-half stoppage time and ran out 4-1 winners, but not before central midfielder Keita received a straight red card for violent conduct.

Keita gets sent off... again

In the 94th-minute, with the score at 3-1, Keita was running at the Tunisian defence when he appeared to use his right arm to fend off his opponent before passing the ball to a teammate.

That was all the Tunisian needed to fall down holding his face, and Keita, who was accused of slapping the player in the face, was instantly sent off by the referee, who was very close by.

Make your own mind up about the harshness of Keita's dismissal by watching the video below:

Afterwards, the aggressive, energetic soon-to-be Liverpool man saw Youssef Msakni score a 96th-minute fourth for Tunisia to complete his hat-trick.

This incident comes after Keita was hit with a three-match suspension in the Bundesliga after his Sadio Mane-like high boot left Christoph Kramer with blood streaming down his face.

While Keita has plenty of footballing qualities, he seems to be developing a reputation for red cards and ill-discipline that might leave some Liverpool supporters concerned.

The disappointing result left Keita's Guinea third after five games, a massive seven points behind second-place DR Congo, and a further three behind Tunisia.

What do YOU make of Keita's latest red card? Did he deserve to be sent off? Be sure to leave YOUR opinion in the comments box below!

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