Spain international Torres had managed just one goal since his Euro 2008 heroics but returned with a bang at Goodison Park with two quickfire second-half strikes to earn Liverpool a 2-0 derby win at Everton and maintain their unbeaten start this season.
Benitez said he hoped Torres’ brace would be a springboard for more goals and feels Liverpool look in good shape for a long-awaited title charge.
Benitez said: “It was important for Fernando and us that he has started scoring, so to get two in a derby is massive for him.
“It is positive that he has confidence now. I just want him to keep scoring now.
“I must praise Robbie Keane for doing a good job, he played a part in both goals.”
Benitez added: “We are still unbeaten and we are able now to approach games with more confidence.
“In these games you need to play with passion. but also game intelligence, you need to use your brain and your muscles.
“We have confidence, we are playing well and have balance. We attack well and are strong in defence. If you play like this, you can beat anyone.”
Paul Huntington says Preston's play-off hopes this season hinge on them getting the balance right on and off the pitch.