LONDON: Chelsea coach Mauricio Pochettino said he hoped that the high drama of their 4-3 comeback win over Manchester United will prove a turning point in the Blues’ inconsistent season and the strained relationship with the fans.

Pochettino raced onto the pitch at the final whistle after hat-trick hero Cole Palmer scored the latest ever winning goal in a Premier League game after 11 minutes of added time, having equalised a few seconds earlier from the penalty spot.

“It’s important in the end to finish in the way that we finished, creating I think the connection (between) fans and players,” the Argentine coach told reporters.

“It’s a very good thing that happened today and I think should be a turning point for us, creating trust with the fans and in the team,” he said.

A few weeks ago, Pochettino – former manager of Chelsea’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur – was the subject of crude chanting by some fans during a stalemate at Brentford and on Saturday the boos rang out again after a 2-2 draw at home to 10-man Burnley.

However, asked after Thursday’s dramatic last-gasp win about the complaints from some fans that he does not show enough emotion to connect with them, the 52-year-old Pochettino said he was focused on doing his job on the touchline.

“I am head coach. If someone wants a clown, they can go and find a clown,” he added.

United manager Erik ten Hag rued his side’s failure to see out a win for the second time in a matter of days, having conceded a very late equaliser to draw 1-1 away to Brentford at the weekend.

“We didn’t bring the win over the line. Of course that’s frustrating,” he said. “You have to do your job. They know their job and they didn’t make the right decisions.”

Liverpool reclaimed the Premier league lead as Alexis Mac Allister’s thunderbolt and a late header by Cody Gakpo secured a nervy 3-1 home victory over bottom club Sheffield United.

Juergen Klopp’s side have 70 points from 30 games, two ahead of Arsenal and three more than champions Manchester City, both of whom won on Wednesday to crank up the pressure.

A bizarre opener by Darwin Nunez after 17 minutes when he closed down keeper Ivo Grbic and blocked his attempted clearance into the net looked set to open the floodgates as Liverpool sought the win they needed to dislodge Arsenal from top spot.

But the Reds were way below their best and an adventurous United side stunned the Anfield crowd shortly after halftime when a Connor Bradley own goal levelled the scores.

The visitors looked capable of hanging on for a shock point before a loose ball came out to Mac Allister in the 76th minute and he smashed a swerving right-foot effort into the top corner.

Gakpo then made sure of the points in the 90th as Liverpool took another step towards the perfect Klopp send-off as the manager prepares to leave at the end of the season.

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