The actor, who plays troublemaker Carl King, told Inside Soap that he is excited about what is ahead for his character in the coming months.
Lister explained: "The Kings have got an exciting year in store. I do think Carl and Jimmy will begin building up their business into a position of power, so they can start throwing themselves around a bit again.
"I'm really hoping that the Kings are going to get back on top in the village."
Lister's comments come after Nick Miles, who plays Jimmy, recently hinted that the Kings would be involved in one of Emmerdale's 40th anniversary storylines.
Miles said last week: "I think there are going to be some big fireworks coming up - we've got some massive storylines on the way this year, so I'm sure Jimmy will be able to crowbar himself into one of those!
"I've had a hint of what I'm going to be doing [for the anniversary], but I can't tell you yet - a lot of it is to do with Carl, though."
Emmerdale celebrates its 40th anniversary in October.
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