Phil Jagielka played down claims that Everton are favorites as they head into Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool.
Everton are unbeaten in six games in all competitions, whereas Liverpool have had a bad run, with Rodgers under pressure at the Anfield.
However, Everton defender Jagielka believes the clash arrives early in the campaign for form to be taken too seriously.
“I don’t see there being a massive underdog or massive favourite, but maybe you are used to it being so far the other way that it is being built up differently,” Jagielka said.
“Look, I understand where you are coming from but Liverpool’s team has changed a lot and it is early days for you to be able to judge them.
“We are seven games in. You could ask 100 different people and they would give you 80 different teams. I will be the 101st and not bother.”
The 33-year-old defender, who scored against his side’s cross-city rivals in the 1-1 draw in September last year, believes the Goodison Park clash will be closer than many expect.
“For whatever reason it seems the red half are getting a bit more stick than the blues. People say we’re doing well and they’re doing really bad and yet they are only one point behind. It’s strange,” Jagielka added.
“Maybe it’s to do with budgets, transfers, player ins and outs. The clubs had totally different summers, with expectations. But we’re not both sat with four points. We’re both in healthy positions.