By FOX SPORTS staff
A win on Sunday could see Everton extend their advantage over neighbours Liverpool to eight points in the Premier League table.
The Toffees are on course to finish ahead of their Merseyside rivals in back-to-back campaigns, but Rodgers insisted that Liverpool were still the primary club of the area regardless of the outcome of this campaign.
"This a club which traditionally has been the top side here for however many years. It is still the top club here. Everton have obviously finished above us last year, and had a good season this year," he stated to the Daily Telegraph.
"We obviously want to improve next year. I believe we are in the process of doing that. For us it has always been to finish as high as we can, knowing this year was the year for building the base. And then next year we have to really push on and find that consistency. But I don’t believe there is a shift in power, no."
Everton vice-captain Phil Jagielka believed his team were poised to shake off their tags as underdogs once and for all.
"I think we will go into the game in a slightly different frame of mind than we have done in previous years. Then, it has basically been: ‘Stop them and try to nick one’," he stated.
"We will respect them and stop them but at the same time we won’t be trying to nick one, we will be trying to create one, It’s a slightly different way of looking at things. We have previously gone into these games as underdogs. We now feel we are climbing up that ladder and we can shake off that tag."