Benitez was the man who brought Torres to Merseyside for a £20million fee in the summer of 2007.
And the former Atletico Madrid striker was a central figure as the Reds pushed Manchester United all the way in the Premier League title race in 2008-9.
But last season was a major letdown for the Anfield giants, and it ended with Benitez departing to take over newly-crowned European champions Inter Milan.
Torres, whose future has also been the subject of much speculation this summer, is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying: "At this time I believe it was best for everyone. He won everything and last year they demanded too much from him."
El Nino has been linked with most of Europe's big guns, with big-spending Manchester City, Chelsea and Barcelona reportedly leading the race to sign him.
But he is currently just waiting to find out who will replace Benitez in the Anfield hotseat - Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is the hot favourite.
"They will tell us the situation after the World Cup," Torres added. "At the moment we don't have a coach."