Pennant labelled Dirk Kuyt a failed forward who is accommodated on the wing because he cost so much.
But the Reds boss replied: "I saw what he had to say, but I don’t intend saying too much about him. (Dirk) Kuyt’s record is there for everyone to see and he doesn’t need me to defend him. You only need to look at the impact he has made to see he is picked on merit and has become an extremely important member of our squad.
"He speaks out on the pitch and doesn’t have to say a single word to justify his place. He is a striker who is as effective on the wing or as second striker, and, as you can see from his record, he scores goals as well as working hard.
"He is the sort of player who would be good for any manager. We signed him then extended his contract because we knew he was an excellent player and outstanding professional. I could put him in central defence and he would be as good as anyone."