LEE CLARK will be an interested observer at the Emirates Stadium tonight when Arsenal host Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup final first leg (8.00).
Town’s boss takes in the game as the first part of a double-header which also includes tomorrow’s League II play-off final between Gillingham and Shrewsbury (3.00).
“It’s a competition I really enjoy,” said Clark of the Youth Cup, which Liverpool won in both 2006 and 2007 (Manchester City are the current holders).
“It provides a great chance for younger players to experience that big-match situation playing at proper stadia in front of decent crowds, and of course it’s a great way to spot future talent.”
Thirty five years on from Town’s only appearance in the final (they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Tottenham), Liverpool go for a fourth triumph in all.
Their squad includes winger Thomas Ince, the son of former Reds, Manchester United and England player Paul.
The 17-year-old has played a key role so far, as has Finnish striker Lauri Dalla Valle, who scored four times as Liverpool beat Birmingham 6-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals.
Arsenal beat Manchester City 6-2 in the semis and aim to complete a double, having defeated Tottenham to win the FA Premier Academy League final.
They are bossed by Steve Bould, who was in the Arsenal side which defeated Liverpool at Anfield to win the league title back in 1989.
The second leg is at Anfield on Tuesday (7.45) and Bould said: “There’s no greater challenge than going there.”