Speaking to the BBC last week, Benitez - who has admitted several times that he hopes to return to Anfield one day - conceded that Liverpool was a 'team in transition', but added that after spending 'big money', the club's premier league results 'have to improve'.
In an interview with FIFA.com few days ago, Benitez was asked whether Daglish could achieve the same success as he did at the club. In previous interviews, the Spaniard has lavished praise on Dalglish and his ability to bring success to Liverpool, but this time, he was a little more non-committal:
"It depends if he has the support of the owners. They have spent a lot of money but can they continue spending big money? I don’t know.
"If you want to challenge against Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham, you have to have a very good plan and keep spending some money wisely".
Implicit in Benitez's response is (IMO) the suggestion that FSG may not be willing to 'continue spending big money' as a result of Dalglish's failure to spend his transfer funds 'wisely'.
Benitez will tell anyone who'll listen about the problems he had with the Owners during his time at Liverpool, but as I argued yesterday, FSG support for Dalglish may not be as strong as people might think.
Benitez also admitted that he 'had to' leave Liverpool, but expressed regret at not being able to work with the current owners:
"With the money they have spent and the squad that we had, we could have been even better".
As much as I'm a major critic of Benitez, I'm confident that if he'd stayed at the Anfield, he would've spent FSG's money in a much more effective manner. Having said that, in the BBC interview referenced above, Benitez admits that he also wanted to sign Andy Carroll, so it's by no means a foregone conclusion (!)