Benitez thinks Zola will guide his side to safety regardless of what happens at Anfield on Monday night.
He told Liverpoolfc.tv: "He's a nice person and a good manager. He has a lot of experience as a player and as a manager he wants to improve and learn. I think he has a great future.
"They have a good team and staff. They have been talking about one more win - hopefully that will not be against us, but I think they'll stay up.
"They have some confidence and are working very hard together."