Friend says he loves me?

A friend told me he's in love with me, should I try and see if things work out between us? We tried dating over 5 years ago but we just both weren't in the right place to have it work. We didn't end badly. We recently reconnected and he has told me he still feels the same about me and realizes he's in love with me. I was shocked because I don't think I've been told "I'm in love with you" before. Just "I love you" from past relationships. Should we try dating again and see if things work out this time, since we are both in better places in our lives?

Would you date a friend who confessed to being in love with you?
Friend says he loves me?
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