Sounds like you are coming together with a plan to try out.
He is a person who says "I love you" and leaves you with the sense that he said he so that he can hear it returned. He does it with GF often. He also says this to me often. I need to find a tactful way of diverting this and I'll have to think about how.
How about "Thanks! That is kind. I appreciate your feelings. "
Report the weather? Because great. He loves you. Thanks. That IS kind. You do appreciate him.
There. He gets "connection" feedback in return, you don't have to be "in love" with him.