Everton finished above Merseyside rivals Liverpool in 2012-13 and forward Arouna Kone believes Roberto Martinez’s males can do it once more.
Arouna Kone feels Everton are properly placed to finish above Merseyside neighbours Liverpool this season.
Everton host Liverpool at Goodison Park on Sunday, with the former a point clear of their rivals in the Premier League standings just after seven matches.
Roberto Martinez’s Everton have often played second-fiddle to Liverpool however the blue half of Merseyside managed to earn bragging rights in 2012-13, after they completed sixth inside the table – two points above the Anfield club.
And Ivory Coast forward Kone believes Everton can repeat the feat in 2015-16.
“This might be the year that Everton finish above Liverpool once again,” stated the 31-year-old.
“The reason is absolutely nothing to complete with Liverpool but I assume we’ve produced a good start, it’s been strong, and I feel through the hard times of final season a great deal of our younger players have benefited from that encounter and gained in strength.
“On Monday we came from 2-0 down at West Brom to win and in previous seasons we haven’t shown that and been mentally robust sufficient.
“Our game management has improved now that we’ve gained some encounter and for that purpose I hope we can finish above Liverpool.”